Many of us manage to live with minor discomforts in the body by taking analgesics until the discomfort becomes pain and can no longer be ignored. What we don’t realize is that pain is simply a message that our bodies sends that something needs attention.
Fascia is the continuous system of connective tissue which wraps around and provides support for bones, joints, muscles and organs of the body. This system is now considered your 6th sense. Fascia is 10x more sensitive than muscle and it uses enteroception (the ability to recognize internal messages and responds to stress in the body). Fascia becomes tighter with repetitive use, injury, inflammation, dehydration and through the normal aging process.
We can also develop trigger points as a reaction to pain or injury. Our body reacts to pain by creating a protection response, that initially is a good thing to protect us, but over time can lead to reduced blood flow and oxygen to the area. Signals are sent to the spinal cord which then trigger the muscles around the injury to contract in order to provide support and protection for the surrounding tissues.
This response, left unchecked, creates a vicious cycle of pain as more blood flow is restricted to the contracted area. More signals are sent, and more muscles tighten to protect the growing epicenter of pain.
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.